Salt in leche flan? (the saline experiment)-A A +A
Friday, October 4, 2013
THE buffet is a festival of dishes—raw, grilled, sweetened and what have you. To shove “normal” food down your throat is the plan until an instruction is announced: try a set of salts on your meal!
Chows go unconventional with “Pinch My Salt,” a dining gig introduced on Tuesday by Quest Hotel and Convention Center’s Puso Bistro and Bar.
A variety of eight sorts of salts will, ah, pepper your items of choice, which you might want to enjoy with Quest’s recently introduced flavored puso too.
Aro-en Gourmet Salt by Salinas Foods in Pangasinan adds a twist to Quest’s dining experience. Aro-en is derived from the Pangasinan phrase “to love,” naturally because cooking is the best expression of love in the province.
For pasta, roasted or broiled chows, Fleur de Sel, literally the “flower of salt,” is a good (expensive) complement. These highly irregular and considerable amounts of residual moisture are sure to bring out the full flavor of red pasta.
Smoked Salt goes well with seafood—tuna fish and shrimp. Or how about a smoked salt leche flan? This salt comes in deep jungle hardwoods, bacon, campfire and cedar flavors. The auburn brown and non-uniformed granules can also be applied during cooking or as finishing.
Salted ice cream, anyone? Your chocolate fondue, gelato and favorite desserts will never taste the same again because the powdery grains of Confectioner Salt will balance the sweetness of sugar. Savor the steady oceanic water with vanishing aftertaste.
Also in the list are Sel Gris, French for gray salt which briny and earthly kick matches grilled prawns, fried vegetables and saucy fishes while the translucent Bitter Salt releases the aroma of coffee, citrus fruits and sour dishes.
Kobe beef fillet and Asian noodles will surprisingly burst into the palate as reinvented creations, courtesy of the seaweed-ish crystals of Shio all the way from Japan.
Snow White is now a condiment. Well, because Mineral Sea Salt is immaculately clean in description. Its savory delicate mouth feel is perfect for all types of Filipino dishes.
To complete the collection is the Flakes Salt which coarse and metallic attributes adds crunch to fresh greens.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 05, 2013.